Review: Librarian Tales

Librarian Tales is one librarian’s account of his journey through the library career field over the past ten years. As a librarian myself, I knew I had to read this one. In fact, we even ordered it for our library because patrons need to see our side of things, right?

Ottens gives us the details of his journey from how he decided he wanted to work in the library to getting his degree to where he is now. He’s held a number of positions in the library field, including a three year stint as a director (my second most dreaded position). It was interesting to read about another librarian’s journey through all this, and to get his perspective especially on the director job.

He also includes some funny tales that are all too relatable. Some are dead on, as I’ve dealt with some of the exact same problems/situations in my own career. After all, you have to love it when the public assumes we just get paid to sit and read all day (*insert dramatic eye-roll here*). Or when patrons pull the “I pay taxes which pay your salary” bit. Oh, if they only knew! That sentence is even funnier when you’re working in a privately funded library that is open to the public (aka: an association library).

In any case, this was a read that I think most in the library field would enjoy, though there is something lacking to it. I’m not 100% sure what it is, but that’s why I’m only giving this book three stars as opposed to four or five. It starts off strong, but kind of drags later on. Still, it’s worth checking out at least, and if you’re a lover of libraries and your librarians, you might find it even more interesting than I did.

Rating: 3/5 stars

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